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Frida Beckman

About me

I'm Professor of Comparative literature at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. I received my PhD from Uppsala University in 2009. Since then, I have worked as a researcher and teacher at that university, as a postdoc researcher at the Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University, and as a researcher and later assistant- and associate professor at the Department of English at Stockholm University. I am employed at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics since January 2018. 

I am director of literary research at the department. I'm on the editorial board for Anekdot: Det digitala bildningsmagasinet and host for the podcast Studio Anekdot. I'm also on the editorial boards of Stockholm English Studies and Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics, two book series with Stockholm University Press.



My main field of research is American literature and culture from the Second World War to the present. I’m also engaging with a broad spectrum of critical theory and with the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Recurring topics throughout my research include sexuality and gender, narrative structures, temporality, politics, and the relation between visual and verbal representation.

I have recently finished a research project entitled “In and Out of Control: Cultural Critique in the Contemporary West,” which was funded by The Swedish Research Council and explores how the cultural arena, as a sphere where political structures and values have been reflected, conveyed and questioned, is implicated in contemporary political structures. Central publications from this project are the monograph Culture Control Critique: Allegories of Reading the Present (2016) and the edited volume Control Culture: Foucault and Deleuze after Discipline (2018).

I am principal investigator of an international network entitled “Cultures of Control.” The network has received funding from The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) for Dialogues on Cultures of Control which has brought a number of scholars to Stockholm University for open dialogues as well as closed workshops. I was also site chair for the SLSAeu (European Society of Literature, Science and the Arts) conference on the topic “Control," which took place in Stockholm in June 2016. 

My current project, “Paranoia and Post-Truth Politics: Negotiating Selves and Systems in U.S. Literature after 1950” is also funded by The Swedish Research Council.

One of my most recent publication is Gilles Deleuze, which is a critical biography of Gilles Deleuze. 


Selected publications


The Paranoid Chronotope: Power, Truth, Identity. Stanford University Press, in press.

Gilles Deleuze. London: Reaktion Books, 2017.

Culture Control Critique: Allegories of Reading the Present. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016.

Between Desire and Pleasure: A Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2013.

Reconfiguring Subjectivity: Experimental Narrative and Deleuzean Immanence. Doctoral Dissertation. Uppsala University, 2009. 


Edited books and journal issues

"Paranoid Politics," Special issue of Symploke 29:1-2, 2022. Co-edited with Jeffrey Di Leo. 

New Directions in Philosophy and Literature. Co-edited with Ridvan Askin and David Rudrum. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2019.

Control Culture: Foucault and Deleuze after Discipline. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2018. 

Deleuze and Sex. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2011.

 “Shadows of Cruelty: Sadism, Masochism & the Philosophical Muse. Part 2.” Special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 15.1, April 2010. Co-edited with Charlie Blake.

“Shadows of Cruelty: Sadism, Masochism & the Philosophical Muse. Part 1.” Special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 14:3 December 2009. Co-edited with Charlie Blake.


Articles and book chapters:

"Control and the Novel: Dave Eggers and Disciplinary Form," Modern Fiction Studies, 60:3, 2020. 

“The Paranoid Style in Postcritique,” Symploke, 28:1-2, 2020.

“Postcritique and the Leakiness of Spheres,” Forum: Has Postcritique Run Out of Steam?,” Symploke, 28:1-2, 2020. 

”Kris, Kritik, Teori: Postkritik och den nya offentligheten,” Norsk Litteraturvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, 23:2, 2020.

“Litteratur, makt och genus,” Litteraturvetenskap 1, reds. Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed, Andreas Hedberg och Johan Svedjedal, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2020.

“We’ve been Paranoid Too Long to Stop Now,” with Charlie Blake, New Directions in Philosophy and Literature. Co-edited with Ridvan Askin and David Rudrum. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2019. 

“Cartographies of Ambivalence: Allegory and Cognitive Mapping in Don DeLillo’s Later Novels,” Textual Practice 32:8, 2018.

“Introduction: Control of What?” Control Culture: Foucault and Deleuze after Discipline, ed. Frida Beckman, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2018.

“Posthumanism and Narrativity: Beginning Again with Arendt, Derrida, and Deleuze,” Inhuman Rites and Posthumous Life, Eds. Jami Weinstein and Claire Colebrook, New York: Columbia UP, 2017.

“J.G. Ballard’s Dark Ecologies: Unsettling Nature, Animals, and Literary Tropes,” Animalities: Literary and Cultural Studies Beyond the Human, Ed. Michael Lundblad, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2017.

“Hearing Voices: Schizoanalysis and the Voice as Image in the Cinema of David Lynch,” Psychoanalyzing Cinema: A Productive Encounter of Lacan, Deleuze, and Žižek, Ed. Jan Jagodzinski, Palgrave, 2012.

“Freaks of Time: Revaluating Memory and Identity through Daniel Knauf’s Carnivále.” In Time in Television Narrative:  Exploring Temporality in 21st Century Programming, Ed. Melissa Ames. Mississippi: University of Mississippi Press, 2012.

“What is Sex? An Introduction to the Sexual Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.” Deleuze and Sex. Ed. Frida Beckman. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2011. 29

“Ambivalent Screens: Quentin Tarantino and the Power of Vision,” Film-Philosophy, 2015.

“Becoming Pawn: Alice, Arendt and the New in Narrative.” Journal of Narrative Theory, 44:1, 2014, pp. 1-28.

“Chronopolitics: Space, Time and Revolution in the Later Novels of J.G. Ballard,” Symploke 21.1-2, 2013, pp. 271-289.

From Irony to Narrative Crisis: Reconsidering the Femme Fatale in the Films of David Lynch.” Cinema Journal. 52:1, 2012, pp.25-44.

“Vad bilder kan och vill göra: Att se inskription som möjlighet i serieromanen,” Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur, 2:2011. 125-134 9 pages.

“The Theater of History: Carnivàle, Deleuze, and the Possibility of New Beginnings.” SubStance, 125, 40:2 (2011).

“Good Girl Art: Facing Images of Women in David Mack’s Kabuki.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 3:1 (2011). 15 pages.

“Tensions in Deleuzian Desire: Critical and Clinical Reflections on Female Masochism.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (Routledge). 15.1 (April 2010).

“Visions of Cruelty: Sexuality, Gender, and Inscriptions of Self.” (co-authored with Charlie Blake) Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (Routledge). 15.1 (April 2010). 18 pages.

“The Idiocy of the Event: Between Antonin Artaud, Kathy Acker and Gilles Deleuze.” Deleuze Studies 3:1 (Edinburgh UP) June 2009.